Malcolm X

Malcolm X

A Life of Reinvention

eBook - 2011
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This biography of Malcolm X draws on new research to trace his life from his troubled youth through his involvement in the Nation of Islam, his activism in the world of Black Nationalism, and his assassination. Years in the making, it is a definitive biography of the legendary black activist. Of the great figures in twentieth-century American history perhaps none is more complex and controversial than Malcolm X. Constantly rewriting his own story, he became a criminal, a minister, a leader, and an icon, all before being felled by assassins' bullets at age thirty-nine. Through his tireless work and countless speeches he empowered hundreds of thousands of black Americans to create better lives and stronger communities while establishing the template for the self-actualized, independent African American man. In death he became a broad symbol of both resistance and reconciliation for millions around the world. Filled with new information and shocking revelations that go beyond the Autobiography of Malcolm X, this work unfolds a story of race and class in America, from the rise of Marcus Garvey and the Ku Klux Klan to the struggles of the civil rights movement in the fifties and sixties. Reaching into Malcolm's troubled youth, it traces a path from his parents' activism through his own engagement with the Nation of Islam, charting his astronomical rise in the world of Black Nationalism and culminating in the never-before-told true story of his assassination. This work captures the story of one of the most singular forces for social change, a man who constantly strove, in the great American tradition, to remake himself anew.
Publisher: New York : Viking, 2011.
ISBN: 9781101445273
1101445270
9781101441275
1101441275
Characteristics: 1 online resource (594 p., [16] p. of plates) : ill.
Contents: Life beyond the legend
"Up, you mighty race" : 1925-1941
The legend of Detroit Red : 1941-January 1946
Becoming "X" : January 1946-August 1952
"They don't come like the minister" : August 1952-May 1957
"Brother, a minister has to be married" : May 1957-March 1959
"The hate that hate produced" : March 1959-January 1961
"As sure as God made green apples" : January 1961-May 1962
From prayer to protest : May 1962-March 1963
"He was developing too fast" : April-November 1963
"The chickens coming home to roost" : December 1, 1963-March 12, 1964
An epiphany in the Hajj : March 12-May 21, 1964
"Do something about Malcolm X" : May 21-July 11, 1964
"In the struggle for dignity" : July 11-November 24, 1964
"Such a man is worthy of death" : November 24, 1964-February 14, 1965
Death comes on time : February 14-February 21, 1965
Life after death
Reflections on a revolutionary vision.
Summary: This biography of Malcolm X draws on new research to trace his life from his troubled youth through his involvement in the Nation of Islam, his activism in the world of Black Nationalism, and his assassination. Years in the making, it is a definitive biography of the legendary black activist. Of the great figures in twentieth-century American history perhaps none is more complex and controversial than Malcolm X. Constantly rewriting his own story, he became a criminal, a minister, a leader, and an icon, all before being felled by assassins' bullets at age thirty-nine. Through his tireless work and countless speeches he empowered hundreds of thousands of black Americans to create better lives and stronger communities while establishing the template for the self-actualized, independent African American man. In death he became a broad symbol of both resistance and reconciliation for millions around the world. Filled with new information and shocking revelations that go beyond the Autobiography of Malcolm X, this work unfolds a story of race and class in America, from the rise of Marcus Garvey and the Ku Klux Klan to the struggles of the civil rights movement in the fifties and sixties. Reaching into Malcolm's troubled youth, it traces a path from his parents' activism through his own engagement with the Nation of Islam, charting his astronomical rise in the world of Black Nationalism and culminating in the never-before-told true story of his assassination. This work captures the story of one of the most singular forces for social change, a man who constantly strove, in the great American tradition, to remake himself anew.

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TSCPL_ChrisB Jun 03, 2016

A more academic, less biased take on Malcolm X. Lacks the beauty of language the Autobiography contained, but fills in many of the holes of el-Shabazz's life.

hbrown10011 May 21, 2015

Bigger, better, badder than Malcom X's "Autobiography." Superb!

Adamrose36 Apr 23, 2015

Malcolm X is a good biography to pick up if you're learning about Black History month which is usually all February long. Malcolm X I read in school a lot it was great to learn about his life through flaws he had and didn't have. One thing is a sure thing he was an inspiration to many black African Americans during the 1900's the time where Whites, and Blacks weren't treated as equals. That's another leader MLK(Martin Luther King JR). I recommend you pick up this biography if you haven't yet it's worth it to learn things you thought you knew about Malcolm X, and things you didn't know about the man happy reading.

jennrose Jul 23, 2014

What a wonderful contribution to scholarship and American history.

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jmoore2320
Feb 09, 2014

Extremely thorough account of the life of Malcolm X. Well written, honest, thought provoking, and educational. High lights the passion of the cause, the greatness and the flaws of the man.

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suzannehb
Nov 20, 2013

The exhaustive research behind this book is impressive, and surely worthy of the Pullitzer. And, Manning's treatment of Malcolm X seems remarkably even. However, to hang in there with this book, you either have to love Malcolm, or just love biographies, because the writing is not riveting, and the story is not a page turner.

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StaceyLB
Apr 08, 2013

I recommend this book for readers who are learning about Black History and Malcolm X. It is a very knowledgeable book and something to look into if you wanted to see his life from another perspective. This book was written by Manning Marable and he added more of Malcolm’s story that he told before. This is a great read. This book may not need a parents’ assistance for understanding since it is a biography and it is pretty cut and dry. Not only does this biography teach about Malcolm, but it also teaches about other historic people in black history.

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harrietz
Jun 01, 2012

A brilliant biography about the charismatic black leader Malcolm X. Constantly engrossing, clearly written, extensively researched with many new facts and revealing insights. This book richly deserved its Pulitzer Prize for best biography. Sadly, the book's author died before the awards were announced.

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GummiGirl
Sep 25, 2011

A comprehensive and very readable biography of one of America's most remarkable people. It corrects and updates Malcolm's Autobiography where necessary, but still makes clear that he was an exceptional man.

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burleighsmith
Jul 29, 2011

This recreation of a life lets the reader understand so much better this person’s extraordinary 39-year journey. And it is filled with so many insightful sidebars into historical movements during his lifetime and the years leading up to his birth in 1925. With so many corrections, this book serves to demythologizes this American icon and in the process brings the reader so much closer to fathoming the times that produced such a complex leader. To appreciate the evolution of Malcolm Little and the context of African American life during his era so better equips all Americans today to grapple with moving forward to bridge the vast racial inequity gap today. How can we as a society get more of us to stop avoiding the issues around racial tension?

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ptaylorrun
Dec 30, 2013

A well written although sometimes lengthy account of Malcolm X. The author adds in his observations and interpretations of certain events concerning the life of Malcolm X to give a full telling of his life. Malcolm came from humble beginnings fraught with a broken home and criminal activity. After serving jail time for robbery, he turned to the Nation Of Islam and became a rising star and disciple of Elijah Mohamed.
NOI sought an independent state for black people which Malcolm eventually rejected as he embraced Sunni Islam which was not race based. He broke with NOI after being suspended for making political statements about the Kennedy assassination contrary to the NOI doctrine, and formed the Muslim Mosque. He was assassinated in 1965.

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StaceyLB
Apr 08, 2013

Malcolm X's biography was written by another man who took information from his autobiography in order to inform others of all of his actions and movements that he made in his life.

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